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Hi, I'm Holly.



A 31-year old Scottish Lass with a love for highlight, heels and homeware.

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11.07.2018

Wig Love!

Other than for fancy dress, I've never really had much reason to wear a wig but after seeing so many videos on Instagram of gorgeous women having their hair transformed without touching hairdye or scissors AND seeing as I was having a small Halloween soirée, I decided it was time to buy a wig.


Any wigs I've tried on before have always been for fancy dress and have always looked 'fake' (obvs, no one was born with natural long baby pink playboy bunny-esque hair) but I wanted to try something that was more realistic with an edgy twist.

I was on amazon and found one which had a bob style, middle parting, was green and had black roots. The wig claimed to have a natural feel to it, it came with a hair net and it I was able to apply heat to it which I wanted (I was hoping for Kim K vibes, not Dawn French in Vicar Of Dibley circa 1990 vibes. Anyone above the age of 25 knows the score..) so wanted to straighten the ends to make sure it didn't 'bob' too much.


The model in the picture looked all sorts of glamorous and I was hopeful it wouldn't unleash the inner potato in me (Mmm potatoes..) so when the wig arrived, I excitedly tried it on and the inner potato in me was baked, boiled and chipped. I literally looked ridiculous.

You know that state we get into when everything is a DISASTER when really you were actually sitting on the TV remote all along? Yeah, I was in THAT mood for a good three hours until I did my makeup, put my hair in the provided wig net and straightened the hair before putting it on.

GIRLS, LADIES, LADS, EVERYONE, IT LOOKED ALRIGHT!

My life could once again resume without listening to anymore depressing songs on Alexa (who by the way will NEVER understand a Scottish accent, more on that another time!) or downing anymore Pink gin.

I actually quite liked it! Someone on google said that if the wig looks shinier than my face after wrestling into a bra after a shower, then some dry shampoo would do the trick. I didn't need this in the end up but it's an option should you ever need it.

The soirée was a 10, my wig was a 10. My hangover the next day was an 11.

My friend was also wearing a wig and we've now decided we're buying a tonne of wigs and wig heads for a collection to wear them whenever we go out. I feel like I have a different personality when I wear it, so I'm Gretchen when I wear the green wig.

Aye, we're in our 30's but yanno, dirty thirties and all that.

Do you wear wigs? send me suggestions and wig tips! I'm obsessed!

H x
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11.06.2018

Where I've Been..

Hello everyone!


It's been a couple of weeks since I last blogged and prior to that, a few people on Twitter had commented that it was obvious that my heart wasn't 'in' my blog. They were right! I feel like I owe you a bit of an explanation, so grab a coffee (or a gin, I'll have one if there's any spare...) it's going to be a long one.

WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON?

I've still been working in the background on my blog and social media channels. I've been doing some social media management for other brands and that, teamed with the pressures of my own life has been overwhelming.

I'm still working 50+ hours a week, but my priorities are being divided left, right and center which is overwhelming for anyone, but as someone who is easily overwhelmed, is literally stressing me oot ma box. Ten points if you even understand what that means..

My social life has been busy aswell. I'm in a relatively new relationship and I have amazing friends that I love seeing too. Not forgetting about my lovely family.

Mentally, I'm tired but happy. Stressed but excited. Worried but in a good way. Life is going great but my blog content took a bit of a nosedive for another reason...

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BLOG?

When I first started my blog back in 2010, it was literally just a space where I talked about things I did or didn't like, trends and my life. Since then, the blogging game has changed a shiz load and if I'm honest, I struggle to keep up with the demands of it.

Every industry has competition, it's healthy, but the blogging industry has become oversaturated, fake & contrived. Obviously, I'm not talking about people, I'm talking about the industry where brands won't even respond to your tweet to thank you for promoting them for free unless you have 50k followers, I'm talking about the 'influencers' who buy followers, the bloggers who undercut, steal content, lie and cheat their way through the game.

A lot of my friends tell me "if you can't beat them join them" but that's just not for me. It's not how I started out and I'm not going to play the game that the cheaters want us all to play.

I'll be perfectly honest, some brands that I've worked with closely for 8 years have over the past year in particular, been honest with me and told me my stats aren't impressive enough to work with me anymore. My stats have grown year on year, but sadly, I can't compete with the people who buy their stats. You can even 'buy' your domain authority nowadays. It's a sad and false 'reality' that genuine bloggers have to face nowadays.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NOW?

If you're an OG follower you will remember the days where I would post about my life, use pictures I took with my phone of myself, friends and products, talked about TV shows and beauty products I liked without much structure.

It's what got me to stay here 8 years later, and it's what I'm going back to - reality.

DEAR BLOGGERS, PR'S & BRANDS..

If you are like me and want the industry to be more genuine, you need to make a change to make it that way. It won't be easy to stand out in a crowd of people if nothing ever changes.

If you want to work with someone who isn't going anywhere, who is genuine, who will work hard and isn't here for the 'free' shiz,  then look for the bloggers that started out prior to 2013, look for the bloggers with low, growing stats, look for the bloggers who have conversations and who don't have a filtered life.

Let's strip it back!

H x
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10.16.2018

How Fashion Retail Will Change*

Hi everyone!

Today we're talking about the Fashion Industry.


The fashion industry is nothing if not an evolving entity, and that includes insofar as it exists as a retail business. Ten years ago we were only just getting used to shopping regularly online. Then came extensive, beautiful online lookbooks, easy return options, shopping carts preserved over time, and more that made the experience rich and appealing. Now we’re beginning to talk about virtual fitting rooms! The point is, just as fashion itself evolves, the ways in which we consume it change as well. So I thought I’d use this piece to look at some of the ways in which it may continue to change, say in the next couple of years.

Beacons Will Help In-Person Stores Catch Up

Beacon technology might be the most exciting thing happening in fashion retail. It was explained fairly thoroughly in this take on how fashion retail would change in 2018, though we still haven’t seen it implemented too broadly just yet. The idea, basically, is that bluetooth “beacons” placed around in-person stores will interact with shoppers who allow said interaction via their mobile phones. This will effectively help the stores to become every bit as smart and helpful as online stores. They’ll be able to track the items you looked at, alert you when something becomes available in your size, access your shopping history, and more. All of this - bringing the convenience and assistance of online shopping to in-person stores - may just help these stores to catch up to the internet. In some cases it may even keep them in business.

Online Sites Will Adopt Tab Models

The “tab” model is something we actually don’t talk about much, because there are already all sorts of convenient and easy ways to pay for products online. But this is still an interesting possibility. Right now it’s mostly used in gaming. As explained here, some casino sites in particular are using a “pay-by-phone bill” model that essentially adds costs accrued via mobile gaming to an existing mobile phone bill. It basically allows you to shop without worrying about immediate costs, which - so long as you’re responsible about it - can be a relief. A similar model for online fashion retail would streamline the shopping experience even more than a saved credit card or PayPal account would. Image for instance if you use an iPhone and your shopping apps simply added costs to an Apple Pay tab to be paid at the end of each month.

Our Own Psychology Will Help Us

This is related in some ways to the beacons mentioned above, and it’s also something that’s been true throughout the history of fashion retail. Stores are always working to tap into customer psychology and provide more appealing experiences based on it. Now, however, thanks to beacons, surveys, feedback, browsing history, and more, there is simply more data for stores to access in order to actually get a grasp of what we want and how we want it. Through all of this, our own habits will continue to shape what stores do, such that in a roundabout way, our own psychology gradually produces better and better shopping experiences.

VR & AR Will Be Fun New Features

The most predictable change in the retail industry in the coming years will come through technology, and specifically augmented and virtual reality. Current thoughts on how AR and VR will change fashion retail address everything from manufacturing to marketing, and involve home dressing room simulations, screens at the front of stores that mirror you in clothing items, in-store virtual fitting rooms, etc. I’d agree with all of these things being on the way, and many of them being fairly impactful on the shopping experience. However, the prediction here is that these will essentially be fun new features, rather than fundamental shifts in how things are done.

We May See More Independent Boutiques

This is another somewhat vague prediction. But it could well be that as major stores are more streamlined, they also get consolidated. One store may be able to handle the volume of two, for instance, if it has beacons, AR, VR, and an online component all helping it to reach and satisfy more customers. This may just help the giants of fashion retail dominate even more thoroughly, but it could also open the door for more boutique competitors. Independent shops don’t have all of the same advantages, but they can still be very modern in their approaches, and they may just start to take up some of the space freed up by potential consolidation.

So what do you think the future looks like for the fashion industry? Let me know below!

H x

*This is a collaborative feature
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10.11.2018

Feline Fierce With Boots*

I've been doing a lot of Halloween inspired makeup looks on the blog recently as you might have seen, so when Boots contacted me about their #FelineFierce campaign where they asked me to create a cat inspired Halloween Makeup look, I was more than happy to participate.


When I was thinking about the kind of cat I wanted to incorporate into the look, I couldn't choose! I love cats, I have two wee rescue tabby cats at home and whilst I adore them, they're not the most glamorous of cats. I had a look online at different cats and realised I was drawn to the Cheetah more than others.

HOW TO GET THE LOOK


EYES

When creating a cat look, the detailing is all in the eyes. I was sent a lot of beauty products from Boots to help create the look, and opted to use the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in 'Brights' on my eyes.

Cat colours are invariably orange, yellow, brown and black. I started by working the lightest yellow shade all over the eyelid and started to warm up the crease with the darker yellow and orange shades. 
Using the  Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, I did a slightly winged liner and tightlined using the Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner. I added some Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara and applied some Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashes.

The bottom lashline is where it got a bit trickier. I used the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in 'white' to create an angled, winged liner. I coated the bottom eyelashes in the same white liner so that they blended in a bit.

Below the white liner, I went back in with the black liner and created a dramatic wing. If you're like me and have undereye creasing, try not to 'stretch' your eyes when you're doing this otherwise it won't be an even line (it'll crease as soon as you go back to normal).



SKIN

I used my normal foundation before adding some shading to the nose using a fluffy brush and a matte brown eyeshadow (I used the NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in 'Warm Neutrals' for this.

I then used the same shade to warm the contours of my face (my cheeks, forehead and chin) using a large angled brush.

I then went in using the same Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner to draw some 'half circles' before using a damp detailing brush to press some of the orange pigment from the nyx brights palette into the middle of each half circle.

I also took some of the white liner to draw in 'cat cheeks' before drawing some dots with the black liner.

I also used the black liner to draw in the mouth and nose and in hindsight could have made the 'nose to mouth' area thinner.
I filled in the top lip and added some white eyeshadow to the bottom lip to wash it out.



 

THE RESULT

I'm pleased with how this turned out. I like 'wild' volumised hair to go with it so I just backcombed sections to give it the most volume I could.

What kind of cat look would you create? Which Boots products would you use to create Cat Halloween Makeup

H x



*This post is in conjunction with Boots but all thoughts are my own.
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Happy Birthday Katy! / Blogtober

Today is my sisters Birthday! So to celebrate, I asked Katy to pick her favourite beauty products and thought I'd share her thoughts..



Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & Body (£30)

"I have really fair skin and often struggle to find a Fake Tan that would make my skin look bronzed without looking orange. This one works perfectly. It's easy to use and I go back to it time and time again!"

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19)

"I am bad for pulling my eyelashes out and so for me, having a good mascara that will fill out the ones I have left is really important. This one is a bit pricey but it lasts ages and I've never been disappointed by it yet."

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer (£30)

"Holly bought a travel sized version of this to try out from the Sephora aisle of doom (you know the one I mean right by the checkouts!) and since then, I've been obsessed with this! It's like a serum that primes your skin and makes your makeup last longer. I really like this and would love to find a drugstore dupe!"

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99)

"If in doubt, opt for Real Techniques. It's a brand that never lets me down and I love their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I've tried other sponges but they just don't do it for me. The fact these cost £5.99 means I can replace them quite often too (I can never get them fully clean!).

MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER FOUNDATION 30ml (£30.90)  

"I'm often between shades of foundation, so the fact that MUFE have 37 shades of this available is ideal. This feels really lightweight but has a decent coverage. It does oxidise slightly but not too much. I love that this lasts ages but I dislike the price tag! Ahh!"

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer (£24) 

"I love the Nars concealer and how creamy it is. It has a medium to full coverage which is ideal for my dark undereyes and the fact that it has 17 shades is a big bonus too!"

Garnier Moisture Bomb Mask (£2.99)

"I'm a bit lazy when it comes to skincare so I prefer masks that don't require rinsing off after using it. This is a sheet mask that is covered in a serum. I love the Pink one and sometimes the charcoal one is nice too. At £2.99 it's a steal".

So there you have it straight from the Birthday girl herself!

What beauty bits are your favourites?

H x
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10.10.2018

Mermaid Makeup / Blogtober

Today I thought I would share a makeup look I did for Halloween. It's mermaid makeup where I incorporated a mermaids tail into the look. I thought I would share it and show you what I used to achieve the look...



BASE
I kept the base makeup really simple. I used some Bobbi Brown Brightening Primer before going in with some It Cosmetics CC+ Matte using a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I've found blending this with a brush is too difficult (it sets quickly) so a sponge is ideal. I left concealer until after the eyes were done.

EYES
For this, I used the NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in 'Brights' and I really focused on the aquatic shades (blue, pink, purple, turquoise). I blended in the light purple and light blue all over the lid and worked the deeper shades into the crease.

I added a winged liner using the Bourjois Liner Pinceau liquid eyeliner. I then added some khol liner to my upper & lower lash line to fill any spaces, before adding some mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex) and eyelashes. For lashes I used the Kiss Look So Natural Lash Iconic.

DETAILING
I used the same Bourjois liquid liner to trace the outline of a mermaids tail. I then used a fluffy brush to blend in a few different shades from the NYX Brights palette, and blended it in towards the outline. I then drew in a few half circles in the tail to look aquatic.

I also blended some of the purple shade down each side of my nose to add shading and then glammed up the look by using press on face jewels from Barry M between the brows and under the lower lash line to look like mermaid tears.

LIPS
I used a purple liner (Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner in 'I Got The Juice') to line the lips and also blended in the outer corners before adding Mac Halsey lipstick (I think this is discontinued but it's a grey lipstick with a purple undertone).

Et voila!

I hope you like the look! I've had so much fun doing Halloween looks recently!

Let me know what you'd like to see next!

H x
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10.09.2018

A Yellow Makeup Look / Blogtober

I woke up this morning and realised I hadn't scheduled a post for Blogtober but FEAR NOT, for I have spent the day prepping this post for you all.

I don't know about you, but I have gotten myself into a bit of a 'makeup rut'. I have about 5000 palettes (exaggeration jusy FYI..) but always end up going back to the same eye makeup time and time again. I'd found myself becoming too afraid to try out colour so I gave myself a mental kick up the ass (No chance of me being able to physically do that LOL!) and decided to create a Yellow makeup look for Blogtober.


I used the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in 'Brights' and used the two yellows and orange shades. I blended the lighter of the yellow shades all over the lid and above the crease, before working the darker of the two yellow shades into the crease and using a fluffy brush to work the colour together. I then worked some of the orange shades into the crease and on the undereye area.

It's actually a really simple look to create and I didn't even need to add a winged liner. The colours made my eyes pop enough and a few coats of Mascara (Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara), teamed with a bit of black khol liner in both the upper & lower lash line really filled in any spaces and made my lashes look fuller without using false lashes.

In terms of skin, I kept this really simple. I used my It Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte foundation and used a damp sponge to apply it (my favourite sponge to use is the Miracle Complexion sponge by Real Techniques). I added some cream blush - I used the Superdrug B. Lip & Cheek Tint in shade 'Say My Name'.

To finish off, I added some highlight (I love Mac Lightscapade) and added some lipstick (Mac Rebel).

The entire look took about 20 minutes from start to finish and I must say it's encouraged me to start using more colour in my makeup! Life isn't monochrome!

I hope you liked my yellow makeup look! Let me know if you'd like to see more different looks from me!

H x

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10.08.2018

Pop Art Halloween Makeup - Blogtober

I'm not the most creative person in the world so when it comes to Halloween, I usually find myself stalking the pages of instagram, looking for inspiration. I am a basic ass bish (yup, way too old to say that..) and I'm definitely not artistically talented enough to create anything too complicated, but whilst I was looking at Halloween looks, I stumbled across some Pop art Halloween Makeup, so thought I would try it out for myself and share the results.


I basically did a glam makeup look, using my normal products, then went in with a black liquid liner, a black khol liner and a white liquid liner for detailing.


It might just look like I've whacked some lines on my face and hoped for the best, but trying to get straight lines on each side of my face was really difficult! The natural contours of my face made certain parts lumpy or thicker than others, so having a steady hand and patience was a necessity for this look.

I could have definitely been a bit more dramatic with it but for my first go, I'm pretty impressed with the results.

What do you think?

H x
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10.07.2018

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte Review - Blogtober

Since the original CC+ cream was released, I've been hooked on It Cosmetics. If I'm honest, the original Foundation wasn't my favourite, but they smashed it out the park with their CC+ Illumination which I've been using constantly over Summer.


Now that the colder months have arrived, I'm ready for some matte products. It Cosmetics have released their 'Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte' foundation with SPF 40 right on time and I wanted to share my thoughts on the new release.

My skin right now is going through that transition of being oily at the nose and chin, yet dry on the cheeks thanks to that cold breeze we've been getting. If I whack on a glowy foundation, I find it looks too oily and runs off my face easily, yet a completely Matte foundation sinks into my fine lines and shows up the dryness on my cheeks. Really, I needed a happy medium.

I've been using this for a week or two consistently. Obviously, if this was skincare, I'd test it over a month before giving my thoughts, but I've used this more than enough already to share.

First thing's first, this has a medium to full coverage that covers everything from thread veins to hungover eye bags. With that said, I do find that I need to use a lot of this to cover my face. I find it a little bit stubborn to work with after a minute or two so be sure to work fast with this.

For application, I find it's best used with a dry complexion sponge (I love the Real Techniques one) and it blends seamlessly into the skin.

I definitely don't find this to be oily at all, but I can't say that it's completely matte on my skin either. Because this has SPF 40 in it, I didn't expect it to be matte so this has that 'happy medium' finish that I was talking about.

I did notice this start to settle into the fine lines around my eyes after a few hours but it's nothing that a dust of setting powder didn't sort out. I wore this on a date where I was cry laughing, eating, drinking and walking in the cold air, but this stayed put all day long (from 8am until 7pm).

One thing I love about all of the It Cosmetics CC+ foundations is that none of the formula's overly oxidise. The colour you apply is the colour it stays which I love.

There are 12 shades of this available which is better than some brands, but could still be better. Priced at £30, this is my new 'go to' foundation.

Have you tried it out?

The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte is available from the It Cosmetics website.

H x
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10.06.2018

How I Stay Positive When I'm Under The Weather / Blogtober

As much as I love this time of year, one thing I dislike is that during the colder months we all find ourselves feeling under the weather.


It might only be the beginning of the month, but already I've had a bit of a cold and I know a lot of you reading this are feeling the same (I see you all on Twitter!). Here's how I stay positive when I'm under the weather.

1 - Embrace It
This might seem ridiculous because no-one likes feeling ill, but life is always so hectic that being ill forces us to slow down. Embrace slowing down with open arms - as much as you physically feel like crap, mentally it gives you a bit of a siesta. If that's not doing it for you, think of it this way, being ill means you can walk around in a dressing gown and Christmas PJ's, you can take an afternoon nap, down a hot toddie, eat takeaways and cry for no real reason all without any judgement. Win.

2 - Take A Long Bath
I find baths so indulgent and rarely find the time to fit one in but being ill means taking 'me' time which is why whenever I'm feeling under the weather, I grab all my favourite products, my kindle, a gin & lemonade (none of that crappy soda!), some candles and head for a bath.

3 - Laugh
The last thing anyone wants to do when they're feeling ill is laugh, but shoving on a Friends boxset or watching something funny on youtube ALWAYS gets me laughing and feeling much more positive. I asked my Nana (she's 83) what her secret to living a healthy life is and she said 'Just laugh, doll. Life's too serious. It'll work out the way it's supposed to in the end up'. She's 100% right!

4 - Go Outside
Now, I'm not telling you to go to town and spread your germs, but going outside and just taking in your surroundings will stop the cabin fever attached to feeling like crap.

5 - Listen To Music
No, not your breakup playlist. Put something on that reminds you of happy times, something that makes you feel powerful and energized.

6 - If all else fails, lie in a dark room and drink some hot chocolate. Always seems to work for me!

Get well soon!

H x
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10.05.2018

Learning To Enjoy The Now / Blogtober

I don't know about anyone else, but I am definitely one of those people who looks so far ahead that I often forget to enjoy what's happening now.


I'm the kind of girl who is eating the lunch I dreamed about at breakfast, whilst thinking about what I'll have for dinner. I forget sometimes to be present. I think it's partly my job as a blogger and needing to think ahead a lot, partly because I like to be in control of everything and need to have everything planned and partly because it's just who I am.

I have been forcing myself to make changes recently. It hasn't been easy, but finally, I am learning to enjoy the now. Here's how I did it:

1 - Social Media Took A Backseat
I'm always on social media. Whether it be for work or just for browsing. I always tried to convince myself that I was on it 'for my blog' but actually, I found myself browsing Twitter and instagram with every spare minute rather than spending some time to actually enjoy the moment and enjoy the now. I made the decision to have an hour, three times a day, where I don't go on social media. I schedule posts for work and I still manage to interact, but I just don't let it run my life and that feels so refreshing!

2 - I Stay Quiet
I sometimes found myself having opinions on everything. The weather, the news, people, everything! I spent so much time having opinions and proving my point that not only was it making me an asshole, but it was also distracting myself from what is important in life. When someone talks about something potentially controversial, I listen and stay quiet. Not only has it stopped me being an asshole, it's also saved me so much stress from proving my point and allows me the time to focus on what is most important.

3 - I'm Tough On Myself
Whenever I find myself looking too far ahead or forgetting to enjoy the now, I'm tough on myself and ensure that I stop doing it as quickly as I can.

Making these small changes and learning to enjoy the now has made so much difference in my life. I feel so much more content with where I am and what I am so lucky to have.

Are you learning to enjoy the now? Let me know your thoughts below!

H x
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10.04.2018

Dainty Accessories / Blogtober

Accessories make an otherwise boring outfit but they can also 'break' an outfit. Too much and you risk looking like Pat Butcher has been let loose in Primarks Accessories section (Which btw, I love. No jewellery snobbery here!).

I'm a lover of wearing dainty accessories. Whether that be a single necklace, small earrings, stacking pieces or otherwise, I like the minimalism of dainty accessories.

Here's some I've been loving recently!


These earrings are from New Look and cost £3.99 which is an absolute bargain. They are much daintier than they look in the photo. I love wearing these with no necklace so that they stand out a little. In fact, I've really been loving a lot of New Looks accessories recently. They can be a bit hit or miss fashion wise at times but their jewellery is always great! they also have these in silver.


These midi rings are from Primark (as are the nails btw) and cost just £3. These are silver and in size medium (I have fat fingers). I like wearing a few of these on one hand and only wearing two on the other hand to stop myself looking like a fortune teller.  


I bought these earrings in Lord & Taylor in New York three years ago and they cost $12 reduced in a black friday deal from over $200. Bargain right? Sorry, I doubt you'll be able to get your hands on them now but they are my go-to 'I want to look like an adult' earrings.

The locket necklace is from Jewellery Box and costs £33. This opens so you can place up to 4 photos inside - sadly mines is empty, so if you know somewhere that does Locket size photo printing then please let me know!

Those are the dainty accessories I've been loving recently. Are you a fan of dainty pieces? or do you prefer a statement piece?

Let me know your thoughts below!

H x
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10.03.2018

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette Makeup Look / Blogtober

If you haven't already seen the Charlotte Tilbury Pullow Talk palette then brace yourselves makeup mavens, for I managed to get my hands on one to try out (Thanks Charlotte Tilbury!) and wanted to show you a makeup look using it.


First off, if you haven't already heard of Charlotte Tilbury's Iconic 'Pillow Talk' lipstick then you must have non beauty obsessed lives and that just will NOT do! The range all started with a lipstick (a bit like Disney all started with a Mouse.. When you wish upooon a staaaaar. Sorry, easily distracted) that quickly became the 'perfect' pink toned nude for most skintones.


From there, Charlotte Tilbury expanded the pillow talk range by including a palette and a blush to the collection. I'm holding out for a pillow talk proof mascara but moving on...

The palette has four shades in it - three mattes and one shimmer. It makes the perfect 'no makeup' makeup look and so I decided to try it out and show you the results.

I love the results! it looks natural, yet 'put together' enough to go out. I look a little bit like I woke up like this, but just know that I woke up with my hair in a top knot that makes me look like a meth addict, black bags under my eyes, pillow pattern creases on my cheek and mascara on my forehead even though I haven't worn any in two days (seriously, where does it come from!?)

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk range is limited edition and costs £39 - good luck getting your hands on any!!

I hope you like this look and I'll be back again tomorrow!

H x
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10.02.2018

Autumnal Makeup / Blogtober

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I have been using the Urban Decay Born To Run Palette pretty much everytime I do my makeup. The palette is so versatile and has a lot of autumnal shades in it, which is why I wanted to show you an Autumnal makeup look I created using the palette.


It's no secret that I do my makeup according to my mood and more often than not, my mood is 'grungy' or 'Cosy' which is why I opted for autumnal shades (they cover both moods!) of brown, orange and bronzes from the Born To Run palette.


I used:

RIFF - Crease
GOOD AS GONE - Crease
IGNITE - Eyelid
PUNK - Lower Lash Line

I added bronzer to my complexion, a sweep of some plum toned blush and a nude lip.

When it's Autumn, the rain starts here in Scotland (to be honest, it never really stopped!) but because of that, I like to curl my hair loosely and throw it into a loose, low bun where I pull strands out of it to look messy and dishevelled.

I love wearing darker eye makeup! I'm SO ready for a plum lipstick too.

Hope you enjoyed this look! let me know if you have any makeup look requests and I'll see what I can do!

H x
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10.01.2018

Blogtober

It's October 1st and it's officially AUTUMN! Yussssss!


October is one of those months that has a LOT going on, from Halloween to Birthday celebrations, to new Fashion drops & the return of autumnal makeup, I have a lot to talk about, which is why I wanted to introduce you to BLOGTOBER.

You might have seen this series on other Blogs too, but it basically entails a blog post EVERYDAY for the month of October.

I'm going to vary the types of posts I do so that each category (Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle) gets equal amounts of blog posts throughout the month. You might see a review one day, a Fashion post the next and some Halloween things after. I like to spice things up haha!

I hope you enjoy Blogtober as much as I will!

See you tomorrow!

H x
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9.25.2018

Explaining My Job As A Blogger...

I can't remember the last time that I felt comfortable explaining my job as a Blogger. I get a lot of questions about what I do, how I earn money, how many hours I work and if I just lay around in my PJ's all day. I thought I'd talk a bit about my career, what it entails and how I explain it to people.



I am naturally an inquisitive person. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I ask a lot of questions, not because I'm nosy, but because I want to know what makes my loved ones who they are. Everyone I know asks me about my job as a Blogger. It's not a typically 'mainstream' job or one that you would expect me to do by looking at me (I've often had people say I don't look like a blogger. Whatever that means!)

I thought it was time that I would answer some commonly asked questions about my job as a blogger. If you're a blogger - feel free to send this post to anyone asking questions. It might make your life a bit easier!

1 - What is a blogger?
Bloggers are people who write about what we are passionate about. Some people refer to us as micro journalists and others just refer to us as blaggers. Either way, we write online about what we feel passionate about, whether that be Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle or the shape of the spots on a dalmation. 

2 - Why are Bloggers sometimes called influencers?
If you're lucky and work really (REALLY) hard to get your blog 'out there', then you might get a large amount of people reading the things you write about. In my case, because I write about Beauty & Plus size Fashion, sometimes people buy the products I talk about depending on my opinion which is why sometimes Bloggers are referred to as 'influencers'. The term basically means we sometimes influence what consumers buy.

3 - How can Blogging make you money?
It's important to remember that very few Bloggers make money from their platform. It's a very competitive industry and because there are so many Blogs, readers often struggle to keep up. Personally speaking, I make money from my blog by using several different methods:

- AFFILIATE LINKS/BANNERS
These are links that have a piece of code in them that tracks when a sale comes from my blog. So for example, if you click on a sidebar banner, that will take you to the retailer, but will also let that retailer know I sent them there. If someone buys something using that link, I get a very small percentage (usually <7%) as a commission. The brand pays for it, not the visitor so this does not cost the buyer anything.

- INDEPENDENT DEALS
Sometimes a brand will contact me and ask me if I want to collaborate with them to create content which covers blog, photography and social media. A fee will be agreed prior to creating the content (I ONLY choose to work with brands who give me creative control, meaning my opinions are all genuine). This type of work will be displayed as an #AD on many blog posts.

- SPONSORED POSTS
Often a brand or company will ask to have content placed on your blog. Again, the fee will be agreed prior to arranging and will be declared as an #AD.

- SELLING SAMPLES
This is controversial and it does not apply to me, (Still though, no judgement!) but sometimes bloggers are very lucky to be sent products from brands for review consideration. Often we are sent multiples of the products or some products don't suit and so some bloggers choose to sell these. It's not for me, but it is popular and something many bloggers choose to do.

- SOCIAL MEDIA 
Some bloggers, like me, freelance running social media accounts for other companies. For example, answering tweets, posting instagram posts and engaging with people on behalf of that brand. Again, this is a VERY competitive industry and as such is really difficult to get into.

4 - How Much Do YOU Earn?
I wish I could tell you an exact figure but I promise, it's impossible to tell you how much I make. There is no such thing as a regular income. It's unpredictable and some months you will earn more than others. Every blogger who is lucky enough to earn a living using their platform will earn a different amount. There is no set fee's for every blogger. Invariably the larger the audience, the more you can earn but this isn't always the predominant factor.

5 - Do You Just Work When You Feel Like It?
I wish! If I don't work, I don't get paid, it's just that simple. I work a minimum of 9-5pm five days a week and do roughly three hours per evening of engaging on social media on top. Because of the freelancing work I do (social media etc) for other companies, I have set hours so taking 2 hour long lunches or taking the day off to do whatever just doesn't happen.

6 - How Do You Describe Your Job To Others?
It depends on who I am describing it to!  If I'm talking to someone who doesn't know what a Blogger is, I'll say:-

"I write online about my passions for Beauty & Plus Size Fashion. I'm lucky to have a great readership which has led to some exciting opportunities for me"

Alternatively, if I'm speaking to someone who does know what a Blogger is but who is inquisitive about how it works, I will say:-

"I'm a full time Blogger who freelances as a social media expert for other brands."

It is tricky to explain what a blogger is, but if you are a blogger and are struggling to explain it, remember to stick to JUST facts. Don't over-complicate it. I've been blogging 7 years and even I'm still confused so I can only imagine how 'non-bloggers' feel.

7 - Do You Just Sit Around In Your PJ's All Day?

I'm a bit of a party on top, comfort down low kinda lass. I will wear a nice top with comfy leggings most days. What people don't realise is that us Bloggers need to be photo or skype call ready at the drop of a hat, so wearing PJ's all day would be lovely, but just like most other jobs, doesn't happen.

8 - QUICK FIRE ROUND

Do You Pay Tax Or Do Tax Returns - Yes
Do You Feel Obliged To Talk Nicely About Products You've Been Sent? No
Do You Email Brands Blackmailing Them To Send You Stuff? No
Do All Bloggers Like Each Other? No
Do All Bloggers Think Of Each Other As Competition? No
Do Bloggers Just Say Something Controversial To Get Attention? Some do! 
Do Bloggers Buy Followers? Many Do!
Do YOU Buy Followers? NO!
Do You Still Buy Products? Yes

Explaining my job as a Blogger has never been easy but I hope answering these questions will help others to understand it a bit more. I'm always happy to answer questions people may have!

Let me know in the comments below if I've forgotten to mention anything!

H x

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9.19.2018

31 Things From My 31st Year

It's my Birthday today and while it'd be easy to throw together a 'what I got for my birthday' haul kinda post, I thought I would talk about '31 things from my 31st year' instead.



1 - I went to FLORIDA and wore Minnie Mouse ears most days
2 - I saw the thanksgiving day parade in New York
3 - My sisters & I got hammered with my 83 year old Nana
4 - My two sisters turned 30!!
5 - I lost 2 and a half stones in weight
6 - I had my hair dyed for the first time in 3 years
7 - I wore underwear as outerwear WITH a fitted skirt for the first time EVER
8 - I WON AN AWARD as the 4th best blogger in Scotland!
9 - I got to meet some bloggers who I now class as friends - Jordanne, Katie, Jane & Pam! (all linked!)
10 - I realised that inspector gadget is in fact a cartoon. Mind blown.
11 - I grew closer to some amazing people and have the best friendship group ever!
12 - Went back to florida for the second time in one year. My liver is still recovering.
13 - I went to A&E for the first time ever after falling and tearing the ligaments & ripping the muscles in my foot.
14 - I was asked to speak at an event as an inspirational woman of the future.
15 - Had a hot tub night with the girls and wore a swimsuit for the first time in 2723792 years.
16 - I reached 4k on Instagram after a LOT of hard work.
17 - I filmed a video about Body Dysmorphia
18 - I rediscovered alcohol - bit of a weird one, but whereas some people drink to relax, I am the kind of person who would be too anxious to drink alcohol - I'm not drinking a lot, but I can now relax when I have a few!
19 - ... I also got drunk and kept doing 'Stars In Your Eyes' impressions to a guy called Matthew (like matthew kelly.. fail..)
20 - I let go of some people and situations that were toxic in my life
21 - I learned to stop looking so far into the future and living one day at a time.
22 - I worked with some incredible brands including L'oreal, Urban Decay, Lancome, Kiss, Simply Be, Boohoo, Real Techniques, Michael Kors and many many more
23 - Once every 6 weeks or so, myself & my sisters go for a boozy lunch - Best. Invention. EVER.
24 - I started singing again - yay for me, not so much for everyone else in the house
25 - I did my bedrooom up! think pink, grey, gold & navy aesthetics
26 - I stopped taking sugar in my coffee (it sucks but it helps keep the sugar cravings at bay - I'm a 'if I taste it once I want it ALL NOW' kinda lass...)
27 - My friend drew me!
28 - I went to the Edinburgh Christmas markets again (it's a yearly tradition now!)
29 - My Dad turned 60 and we spent the day at my aunts & uncles where my cousins, my sisters & I proved why we shouldn't drink together very often (#messy!!) haha!
30 - I met someone :)
31 - I laughed more than I have in a really long long time.

I wonder what my 32nd year will bring?

H x
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9.11.2018

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette

It's likely you will have seen the new Urban Decay Born to Run Palette making it's rounds amongst beauty lovers across social media and whilst it may look amazing, I thought it was time to put it through it's paces and do a review, swatches and even a few makeup looks I've created using the palette.


A BIT ABOUT THE PALETTE

The Urban Decay Born To Run Palette is designed to be the one palette you can pack for any occasions or destinations. It is marketed as the only palette you need to pack and with a whopping 21 shades, it's likely the palette genuinely does have something that everyone will like.

With that said, it's a bit like an all you can eat buffet, there's definitely something there that you will like, but it's unlikely that you like everything. Is it really worth paying £20 for as much chicken pakora that your stomach can handle? is it worth spending £39.50 on a palette where only one or two shades will tickle your fancy?

Let's find out!

SHADE SELECTION

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)
IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)

The palette has a good mix of matte, shimmer & metallic shades and whether you're in a casual neutral toned mood, or a fiery colourful mood, the Urban Decay Born To Run has got plenty to offer.

SWATCHES




VERDICT

This is a really versatile product - it's less like an indian all you can eat buffet and more like an Indian, Italian, Chinese & Everything else kind of all you can eat buffet - yes, I am 31 years old and comparing a makeup palette to an all you can eat buffet.. Moving on..

I am a 'moody' kind of woman. I dress and style myself according to my mood at the time of getting ready, which is why palettes with a large selection of shades & textures works well for me. I have been able to create six different looks so far using just one palette, and coming from the girl who uses roughly three palettes everytime I get ready for a night out, that's pretty impressive.

As always with Urban Decay, the eyeshadows are highly pigmented (even more so when used with fix+ or similar)and have a really creamy formula. I've always loved UD eyeshadows and find they stay put on my eyes all day long so as always, I'm impressed with the performance and quality of the palette.

The Urban Decay Born To Run Palette is available from Look Fantastic for £39.50

*Post contains affilaite links.

H x
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9.05.2018

9 Things I love About September

September for me is a defining month of the year and I'm yet to speak to anyone who doesn't love it in one shape or form.


Here are 9 things I love about September:

1 - HELLO WINTER TV!
Aye ok, calm it, keep yer troos' on. I know it's not Winter, but the BEST TV starts in September - The Xfactor is back, Jonathan Ross, TOWIE, Made In Chelsea and the Bodyguard. Have you been watching it? Richard Madden.. Drool..

2 - THE WEATHER
I know a lot of you are going to shout abuse at me, but screw you all, I like Autumn AND winter way more than Summer weather. It's cool enough that I'm not sweating like I've been on a hike just carrying the shopping to the car and warm enough that I've not quite turned my electric blanket on yet. Yes, I am an eighty year old trapped in a 31 year olds body..

3 - FASHION
Bye bye bum hingin' out of short shorts and HELLO high waisted everything, black tights, knitted dresses and finally... BOOTS! they're so comfy and convenient, no-one needs a pedicure to wear them either, bonus!

4 - CANDLES
I can't lie, I've already lit a Pumpkin spice candle and I'm not even ashamed to admit it.

5 - DARK NIGHTS
I quite like it when it's pitch black outside by 8.30pm. I like feeling like it's acceptable to go to bed early when it's dark instead of whapping out the blackout curtains because it's still light out at 10pm and that's WAY past my bedtime. Obvs.

6 - DARKER MAKEUP
I was born with a red lip obsession and can't wait to rock out darker makeup now that it's 'socially' acceptable. Apparently looking like a 31 year old goth in June isn't cool..

7 - CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Obviously, this is a teeny bit premature but I've already watched Miracle on 34th Street & Elf. No shame.

8 - MUSIC
As much as I love some summer anthems, I don't think I can stand to listen to one more repetition of 'One Kiss' by Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris. I love that the whole 'vibe' is changing in september.

9 - MY BIRTHDAY
My birthday is on the 19th and as much as I HATE turning another year older, I love that I get to spend time with family & friends. I love being a virgo (sounds weird!) but I love that in September there's more 'Virgo' related products and fun things. I just like that it's a time where I have something to relate with others over - like I'm part of something that defines me and I'm meant to be. I have no idea if that makes sense or if it sounds as though I've had too much gin again. Either way, you get the drift...

There's the 9 things I love about September! What do you like about it?

H x
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8.31.2018

Everything You Need to Know About Medical Botox Injections*

Although many individuals choose to have Botox injections to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, it is also used to treat certain medical conditions. Botox is a neurotoxin, but when it is injected in tiny doses, it causes the muscles to relax. If you are thinking of having medical Botox injections, it is important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon. This is because serious complications can arise if the substance spreads beyond the injection site. Here are some medical conditions that can be treated with Botox injections:


Hyperhidrosis

In 2004, the FDA approved Botox as an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that causes excessive sweating. Those with this condition may experienced excessive sweating under their arms, the palms of their hands, and the soles of their feet. Not only is this embarrassing to some, feeling damp all the time can cause physical discomfort as well. When a plastic surgeon injects small doses of Botox into the skin, it will block the nerves that stimulate the eccrine glands. As a result, the glands will not be able to produce sweat. The shots are administered just under the skin and can reduce underarm sweating by 87 percent. The results can last up to one year when the treatment is administered by a skilled plastic surgeon.

Chronic Migraines

In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for treating chronic migraines. If you get Botox injections for migraines, a plastic surgeon will typically administer it once every three months. Each treatment session is about 10 to 15 minutes, and a plastic surgeon will target specific areas on the temples, along the bridge of the nose, the forehead, the neck, the upper back, and the back of the head. Each treatment will typically be 31 injections, which is a total of 155 units. It may take about two weeks to notice relief. Many individuals report a reduction is symptoms that accompany migraines, which include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sounds, smells, and lights.

Overactive Bladder

The FDA approved Botox for the treatment of an overactive bladder in 2013. It is an effective way to treat incontinence in those who are not able to use medications for the condition. With this condition, an individual's bladder will squeeze too much or without warning, which will cause him or her to leak urine of urinate too often. When Botox is injected into the bladder, it will cause the bladder muscles to relax. This causes the bladder to increase its storage capacity.

Crossed Eyes

The FDA approved Botox for treating individuals with crossed eyes in 1989. When a plastic surgeon injects it into the muscles that control the movement of the eyes, it will significantly reduce the appearance of crossed eyes.

Depression

Although Botox injections for the treatment of depression isn't yet approved by the FDA, studies have shown it is a promising way to treat the disorder. A study that was published in 2014 found that among 74 individuals with depression, symptoms decreased by 47 percent after only six weeks of treatment. The participants in the study had Botox injections administered in between their eyebrows.

Extremely Cold Hands

Botox can also be used to treat individuals with severely cold hands. When Botox is injected into an individual's hands, it relaxes the muscles that are surrounded by the constricted blood vessels that cause poor circulation. As a result, the constricted blood vessels will relax and enlarge, which will allow more blood to flow through the hands. This treatment may last up to three months when a skilled plastic surgeon administers the injections.

Pain During Sex

For some women, muscle spasms that occur on their pelvic floor can make intercourse painful. Botox injections may ease some of the pain because it relaxes the muscles so they stop contracting. There are some women who need the treatment every six months, but there are others who may only need Botox injections for painful intercourse every couple of years.

Severe Neck Spasms

Botox can also be used to treat neck spasms that occur from a disorder known as cervical dystonia. In fact, Botox was FDA approved for treating this condition before it was approved for treating fine lines and wrinkles.

What are the Risks of Botox Injections?

Although it is rare, some individuals may experience dry mouth, headaches, and neck pain immediately following the procedure. In addition, some patients experience stiffness in the muscles when it is used for certain conditions, but this can be alleviated with an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil or Ibuprofen.

Botox is a safe treatment that has been in at least 70 countries for more than 20 years. In the United States, there are more than 3.25 million injections administered every year with no long-term side-effects reported.

The Procedure for Medical Botox Injections?

Depending on your condition, a plastic surgeon may inject the substance into the skin or muscles. Typically, it is an in-office procedure that is relatively quick. The needles that are used for medical Botox injections are very small, and many patients only experience minimal discomfort during the injections.

How Long Will it Take for the Results to Surface?

There are many individuals who see an improvement with their medical condition within a few days following the treatment. However, the full effect could take up to three months to surface.

If you are interested in Medical Botox injections, it is vital to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Donald Roland, MD. He has more than 20 years of experience performing numerous procedures, and he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Roland is also a Fellow of the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has two offices that are located in Manhattan, and his expertise attracts patients from all over the United States.

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8.15.2018

The Manta Hairbrush

Manta is a brand that until recently, I had never heard of. I've tried a whole load of different wet hairbrushes before and was a bit worried that it would be a typical 'run of the mill' wet brush but I was so wrong!





The Manta hairbrush is actually different from the others, which is why I thought I'd share my thoughts on it.

When the Manta hairbrush arrived on my desk (Thanks Manta!) instantly I thought it just looked like the inside of a hairbrush (you know if you took the inner pad out of a paddle brush? like that!) with a handle on the back that let your hand slot into it, so I didn't have high hopes for it.

Upon opening it, I realised that the Manta Hairbrush was actually much sturdier than it looked. Yes, it's flexible and forms with how your hand is placed, but actually this is strong and all in all a pretty nifty brush.

As someone who suffers from Psoriasis, it is important for me to use a brush that doesn't drag or scratch the scalp. The bristles on this are strong, yet flexible and because my hand is so close to my head when I'm using it, I feel like I can adjust the pressure much easier at different parts of my head.  I have absolutely no idea if any of that makes sense! haha! I've re-read and re-worded it differently about a hundred times but it's as good as it's gon' get.

In terms of detangling, this does the job. I always have really knotty hair when it's wet (not because I rub it with a towel obviously... insert eyeroll here somewhere) and I usually shed a lot of hair, but I have noticed less breakage and it glides through my knots without me needing to use a bottle of detangler on my mop beforehand.

I wouldn't say I'd replace my everyday brush with this, but it has replaced my tangle teezer! I'm really impressed with how it performs and would thoroughly recommend it - especially if you've got kids (or are a fully grown ass woman who acts like a kid...) to get rid of that painful post-bath/shower tangled hair.

This is available from Manta Hair and costs £25.

Have you tried it?

H x
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8.14.2018

NEW 2018 Wet 'n Wild Makeup | Review & Try-On Haul

When I was in Florida, I did a little bit of shopping, where I picked up some pieces from the new Wet n Wild collection. When I came home, I received an email from the Mothership AKA Beauty Bay, letting me know that they were now stocking Wet 'N Wild. In the interest of a review for you lovely lot (and not at all because I had my eye on the photo focus Foundation...) I bought a few more bits and thought I'd share my thoughts in a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6nAp-ttFDI&t=1s

I recorded my first Youtube video in a really long time and while I definitely won't be making any promises as to how often they will be, I am going to be doing more videos. I really enjoyed it with my new camera and editing wasn't a huge drag either!

So back to the video, you can watch it by going to www.youtube.com/hollysturgeon - I would really appreciate it if you could subscribe, give me a thumbs up and leave me a wee comment if you like it!

What do you think of the new Wet 'N Wild collection?

H x
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8.08.2018

Products I ALWAYS Repurchase At The Drugstore.

It takes a lot for me to really like something. Not just 'like' it, but 'I would consider giving up coffee for this product' like it, which is why I thought i'd share the products I ALWAYS repurchase at the Drugstore.




Garnier Micellar Water - £4.99 For 400ml

I love Micellar water and always end up putting some on top of a makeup wipe like it's vinegar at the chip shop. I have no shame, don't act like you've never done it! Anyways, my Micellar water of choice is the Garnier Micellar Water. My all time favourite one is from Bioderma, but unless it's on offer or I'm in a 'treat yo'self' kinda mood, I opt for the Garnier one.

This is available from Boots. The 400ml size costs £4.99.

I shop at Boots & Superdrug most often because I like to collect the loyalty card points and once in a blue moon treat myself to a Wispa LOL!

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99

This is the powder I have gone back to time after time. At £3.99 it's an absolute bargain and deals with any oily patches instantly.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19

One of the only drugstore concealers I actually like! This is creamy and comes in a shade light enough for my fair complexion. At £4.19, it saves me from spending a LOT more on a high end one.

L'oreal True Match Foundation - £9.99 (on offer for £7.99 and 3 for 2)

The L'oreal True Match foundation is one of the only drugstore foundations that I like. I like the Maybelline fit me foundation too but this one is much creamier and although it does oxidise, it's not overly 'pink' on me.


L'oreal Paradise Mascara - £9.99 (3 for 2)

Ive been using this and the L'oreal Paradise Mascara Primer - £11.99 (3 for 2) together for a few months now and I just love the combination. I like clumpy lashes rather than wispy, so these work perfectly for me.

Maybelline Master Drama Khol - £4.99

Literally the blackest of black khol's and is so easy to apply - no dragging or dryness. I love it!

Primark Nails - £1 - £3.50 

I always wear false nails and if I'm honest, I love the Kiss nails, but if I'm looking for something cheap & cheerful I opt for the falsies from Primark. The glue is amazing and the designs are always really cool too! I love how affordable they are, meaning I don't feel so guilty about buying so many!

So there are the Products I ALWAYS Repurchase At The Drugstore! What products do you always repurchase?

H x
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8.06.2018

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus

Bobbi Brown is a brand that I've always loved. One of the first high end products I ever purchased was a long-wear gel eyeliner and I binged watched Pixiwoo videos on how to use it. Since then, I've used and loved a lot of their products, so I was excited when some of the Bobbi Brown Primer Plus collection landed on my desk to try out.


I was lucky to be sent two products to try out from the new range and have been trialling them over the past three weeks to really put them through their paces before I gave my final thoughts on them.

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Radiance SPF 35 - £24

 PROS
  • Contains SPF 35
  • Paraben-free; phthalate-free; sulfate-free; mineral oil-free
  • A really small amount goes a long way 
  • Feels lightweight
  • No shimmer
  • Is glowy ALL day long
  • Not scented
CONS
  • SPF does cause a bit of flashback
  • This is a white pearly cream and if you use too much, can leave you looking a bit ghostly.
  • Can cause makeup to 'move' slightly.
  • Is a tad 'sweaty' looking when paired with a glowy foundation
As the name of this suggests, this is a priming cream that boosts radiance. I don't like being too 'glowy' because I just look sweaty, so I was a bit concerned that I'd be reaching for my setting powder every five minutes.

The first time I used this, I applied a generous amount over my face and teamed it with a glowy foundation which was just glow overload. I also applied it under my eyes which caused my under eye makeup to 'move' slightly.

The second time I used this, I used a smaller amount with a semi matte foundation and avoided the under eye area (and round my nostrils which is where I tend to get oily) and my makeup looked glowy without being greasy. My eye makeup stayed put.


I felt like using a semi matte foundation was kind of defeating the purpose of using a radiant primer, so the third time I used it, I decided to go back to using a glowy foundation. This time however, I targeted areas of my face that I really wanted to be dewy.

My cheeks in particular are quite dry, and for me, having juicy, plump looking cheeks is part of looking 'youthful'. Imma' grab that with two hands haha! I put some of the primer onto my cheeks, my forehead and down the centre of my nose. This was a WINNER!! everywhere I went people were complimenting me on how well I was looking and wanted to know what products I had been using.

If I'm heading for a night out, I'll spritz some of the other primer plus product that I was sent (I'll get to that) all over my face after I've applied the radiant primer, but before my makeup.

A small amount of this goes a really long way, so at £24 I'd say it's worth it. Available at House Of Fraser.

Onto the next product.


Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3 in 1 Setting Spray - £22

This claims to work in three ways, as a;-

- Primer
- Makeup refresher
- Setting Spray

Much like the radiant primer, I've been using this for three weeks and have put all three 'uses' to the test.

The product is Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, Phthalate-free, Mineral oil-free & Vegan


PRIMER

I used this as a primer before using my normal go-to base products, once I had done my normal skincare routine.

This spritzes onto the skin and is quite 'wet' on the skin initially, but does sink into the skin quite quickly (within 30 seconds).  Once it has 'settled', this has a slightly tacky feeling to it, which to me is always sign of a good primer spray.

I checked in a few hours after using this and noticed I did have a slight dry patch on my cheeks but aside from that my makeup hadn't budged (even in this heat!)

The next time I used this, I actually spritzed it on top of the Primer Plus Radiance and it worked perfectly. My makeup stayed put all day and I didn't have any dry patches whatsoever.

MAKEUP REFRESHER
I'm a big fan of using Mac Fix+ for pretty much everything when it comes to applying makeup. Need to wet your beauty blender? Fix+, need to use a wet brush for eyeshadow or highlight? Fix+, need to blend your foundation a bit more? Cream blush not blending well? FIX+ IT! haha! It's my answer to everything, so I decided to switch up my Fix+ for the Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3 in 1 instead and just use it as I normally would use the other product.

This is slightly tackier than fix+ so using it for my beauty blender didn't really do it for me. Aside from that, it performed equally and considering I haven't found any other product that does, it's a pretty impressive claim to make.

SETTING SPRAY

Because this is quite a 'wet' product, I'd really recommend using this at a distance if you're using it as a setting spray. I used it a little too close to my face and wasn't wearing waterproof eyeliner. You can guess the outcome..

If you are a fan of doing your base makeup first, before eye makeup, then I'd really suggest using this prior to eye makeup. It really sets your base well and I just use a beauty blender once I've spritzed it, to blend in any 'wet' areas of my face.

Overall though, I prefer this as a makeup refresher and primer. Especially when it's teamed with the Primer Plus Radiance. The two together is genuinely a winning combination.

The Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3 in 1 Setting Spray costs £22 and is available from House Of Fraser.

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Primer Plus collection?

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